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Grateful Dead Live at Raceway Park on 1977-09-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Raceway Park on 1977-09-03

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This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 15

Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step, Looks Like Rain, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil, The Music Never Stopped Bertha-> Good Lovin', Loser, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Samson & Delilah*, He's Gone-> Not Fade Away-> Truckin', E: Terrapin Station

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Raceway Park
Location Englishtown, NJ

Source Soundboard
Lineage Two-track Pre-FM reel > DAT > CD-R, except for encore, which is unknownAUD


Two-track Pre-FM reel > DAT > CD-R, except for encore, which is unknown
AUD; note d1t1,2 (intro and Promised) are apparently really from 4/27/77!;
this show is now released as Dick's Picks 15- go
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[Note: An sbe-fixed version circulates.]


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2016
Subject: He's Gone>N.F.A
For my money this is the peak of the show although the entire Second Set is high octane.
I agree with the comments about Jerry's sweet vocals during He's Gone...
Not real clear on this recording but this was a Bobby with marching band whistle to kick off the long overdue return of Truckin'
Reviewer: Tsiftis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2016
Subject: great show
definitely a top show of the year and deserves 5 stars. but there are so many gems in spring 77, summer mini and the fall tours that are spectacular compared to this. but definitely a terrific listen and a prime example of the dead at their finest.
Reviewer: Dabs LSD and DEAD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2016
Subject: Best 2nd set of '77?
The first set is good, but i'm not a fan. But right around Bertha is where this shows KICKS for me. The loser is the best i've ever heard, and the same goes for this NFA. This entire second set is filled with gems, and I must say I think this could be one of the best estimated>eyes ever. The transition is unlike any other i've heard. And for this amazing 2nd set, this show gets 5 stars. Might not be as overall good as Barton in the end, but this is a top 3 '77 show in my mind.
Reviewer: Mojoworkin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2015
Subject: Peggy-O
GREAT version. Guitar solos are out of this world, plus good tempo for this song. Eyes is another guitar solo heaven starting with the intro.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2014
Subject: nice call
I completely agree about the Eyes from 10/29/73. I like all the Wake material from '73, like the LIG from 10/21. Check out the Half Step + Stella from 3/28.
Englishtown highlights to me are the Music, He's Gone and Terrapin.
Reviewer: quinn_76! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2013
Subject: Jersey Highlight of '77
Indeed, I'll have to second that emotion to what Burnt Rich aforementioned. The 8/6/74 Eyes of the World is the crème de la crème of them all, although 10/29/73, 9/7/73 & 6/18/74 are strong contenders. The '73-74 era cannot be topped for Eyes. But I digress...

I feel obliged to give props to THIS Eyes on this night. Not only the best of '77, but the best version for any year, post 1974 (IMHO, of course). This Englishtown show, as a whole, stands in the top 10 for 1977, which certainly boasts a lot considering how much superlatives 1977 has garnered through the years.

Both sets of this night are particularly crisp and consistent, and one can feel the gusto and energy the boys (and the girl) packed into this show. I do recommend picking up the Dick's Picks (vol. 15) of this show, as the sound quality is pristine, and it's easily one of the better of the 36 picks.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2012
Subject: Eyes>full stop
They played Eyes to a complete stop on 8-6-1974 in Jersey City. It is absolutely the most scorching Eyes of the World I have ever heard. I knew this the first time I finished hearing it decades ago and still keeps it's place as numero uno to this day....It is on Dick's Picks # 31, in all of it's insane splendor. Bobby's comments about the idiot climbing the fence and the brawling Jersey Heads after they finish the version are some of the most classic ever.....The ending on this "full stop" version of Eyes from 8/6/74 is incredible. Find it and you will know what I speak of.....
Reviewer: bkb-slh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2012
Subject: 35th Anniversery
This show was my 2nd bootleg tape.Not knowing much at all then I was spoiled.I thought that's how they played every show.I like this mix better than DP 15.Snares and high hats nice and crisp imo.Over three decades later still one of my favorites.
Reviewer: Dave Davis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2011
Subject: Only Estimated -> Eyes right?
I believe this is the only time the Dead played a full stop at the end of Eyes. That would make this the only Estimated -> Eyes [full stop].
Reviewer: Fatangel3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: One of the Best
This show fries from the intro, Me and my Uncle is funky and fun, the half step is pretty much perfect, eyes is killer as well. I think this has got to be in my top 5 shows.
Reviewer: Milty420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2010
Subject: Best of 1977
1/2 Step


He's Gone

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2009
Subject: overrated, but very good
as many have said before this show is worth hearing for half-step and eyes. some really cool versions that are some of the best of the year. i prefer the eyes and half step form 5/7 but these ones are just as good. someone mentioned the great he's gone with some real nice harmonies at the end. there are a few other standouts, but to me this show doesn't hold up to spring or even oct./nov. go out and get dick's picks #15 if you wanna check this out.
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2009
Subject: say again?
"I wont say its my all time favorite show cause Teppapin is the ender. Don't get me wrong the tunes from the albulm created maybe great jams but the live version of Terrapin always fell apart like no other. At times it was like Jerry was just hoping to hit the right notes. I can understand why it didnt get to much play after the late 70's."

That's some funny stuff right there--'didn't get much play after the late 70s.' I'm guessing you didn't do much listening after that time. It NEVER left the rotation and there was a reason for that my friend.

Terrapin is one of the great live songs ever created by any band in history.
Reviewer: gagas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2009
Subject: Englishtown, NJ
Probably my all time favorite first set. Many great highlights like Mississippi Half Step and the Music never stopped. I wont say its my all time favorite show cause Teppapin is the ender. Don't get me wrong the tunes from the albulm created maybe great jams but the live version of Terrapin always fell apart like no other. At times it was like Jerry was just hoping to hit the right notes. I can understand why it didnt get to much play after the late 70's. Overall a better show than some of the overrated May shows. Worth the 25 bucks for the Dick's Picks CD's

Reviewer: Long~Very strange - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2009
Subject: the music never stopped
For our whole group of friends, it was our First' Grateful Dead Show,
yo know it > THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT'. for many,many moons we all kept on ~Dancin in those Streets~ 2009 still jammin to the 'DEAD' for our band members who are GBNF, you are all very missed...& Donna your were always 'right on' there is a cool to be a part of > I has been > A long, strange trip...just keep on trucken
Reviewer: uncle the 11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2008
Subject: englishtown,sept. 03 77
man o man we got to the site like thenight before and had to park some distance away! this was like a trip that never ended! my friend willie worked for a hospital up in Elizabeth,N.J.and I went the day before the show and picked up some tanks of nitrous oxide 6 tanks to be exact! willie also gave me numerous hose's, gas masks and regulators!! we got to E-Town about 900 pm the night before and set up camp on some peoples lawn that let us park there for like 20 bucks for all our cars.we just were blasting off with the nitrous and turning people on as they past by our "camp"! someone had some dexedrines and we were up all night the sun came up and man what a different scene was happening than when we got there! SO MANY PEOPLE! we got thru the boxcar barriers guarded by the angels with baseball bats sitting on top and found a spot near the center sound tower! it was blazing hot that day! I tokk some blotter windowpane and the next thing we were grooving to NRPS I don't remember much of them but a lot of my friends were into the Tucker Boys and when they hit the stage all hell broke loose!getting sprayed with the water hose's and lumping thru the mud was a chore in itself! by sunset when the DEAD hit their stride I was just peaking and just remember the chorus of Trucking going on and on for like eternity!!!!! what a long strange trip it has been!!!!
Reviewer: TyFenn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2008
Subject: My Favorite show of all time
the title pretty much says it all. Half-step, sugaree and my all time favorite version of eye. He's gone, truckin' and Bertha. If I was stranded on an island, I would bring this version of eyes.
Reviewer: jef926 - - April 12, 2008
Subject: you can't download
you can't download soundboard source shows, only audience tapes. In addition, any show officially released by GDP may not be downloaded. Click on "check for other copies" to see if an audience source exists.
Reviewer: sniffles12002 - - April 12, 2008
Subject: dumb question.
Can someone tell me how you actually download this concert form this site?
Reviewer: steimy incny - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2008
Subject: good memories
This was a great day although the heat was probably as bad as Watkins Glen.The Tucker band were phenomenal with their high energy.Also the Rider were real good too.The GD were as always a good time concert.I had seen the Dead many times before this show but would only get to see them one more time(1991@MSG).It's sad that so many of these people are no longer with us Jerry,Toy&Tommy,George,Dave T and Spencer.Many thanks to the great memories these individuals with their bands brought us over the years R.I.P.(There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.)
Reviewer: mcgannahan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2008
Subject: another overrated dead show
this show is well played, but sleepy and way too laid back. jerry is too low in the mix, and the board gets kind of muddy in the upper frequencies. like i said, it's overhyped like so many other shows, but i still give it four stars.
Reviewer: krissimms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2006
Subject: Half Step Kills
One Word: Half-Step! The only one I can think of that is better is 5/7/77 Boston Garden . . .
Reviewer: Toshman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2006
Subject: Sugarmegs to the rescue!!!
Bails us out once again with a streaming source. You won't be hard pressed to find better sound quality than the version on but you'd be extremely hard pressed to find better playing. That said you should definitely grab DP 15 because with a show this good why wouldn't you want the best audio available to you? We are treated to Jerry, Keith and Phil connecting big-time. TLEO, Half Step, LLR, Peggy O, FOTD, Music Never Stopped, see where I'm going here... all absolutely majestic and that's just the first set. Here you will find many stellar versions of equally stellar tunes . Many thanks to the sites and even more to the boys (and occasionally Donna Jean) for the great music.
Reviewer: manhattan al - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2006
Subject: great 1
Loser is scorching hot too.
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: 150,000 Heads
Wow...only 750-odd page views on this show? Maybe everyone has heard it a million times as this was broadcast on powerhouse WNEW-FM NYC that Labor Day weekend. I've had it for 25 years and I still listen to it.

If you haven't heard this you should seek it out, or buy the Dick's Picks, as there are some landmark versions here for the era.

For me, this show is about three in particuliar (although The Music Never Stopped crushes too, as most do from '77): Miss 1/2 Step, Eyes and Not Fade Away.

It's all about Jerry dialing away at that secret combination that springs the lock to the great wide open. Hearing him break on through during Eyes is scheer beauty and a moment every 'Head lives for. It's the "solo on top of the solo" break through. The Half Step really swings here- one of my top 3 for '77 (and all time, really). The NFA clocks in at just over 20 minutes. Talk about grindin' it...down and dirty Jerry goes on for days here.

Chatter from the FM tape: End of set 1: Jerry-"Don't anybody go anywhere...we'll be right back!" Weir- "You'all hang out and make friends with the bugs". After Estimated someone (Phil?) says "Weir, wait until the drum solo's over". But he's already into Eyes, can't pull up and in place of a drum duet(?) later that day we get the killer NFA.

The Head count for this show was estimated at 150K. I still have an aerial picture (from newspaper or Rolling Stone?) inserted in the front of my tape.
Reviewer: moley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2005
Subject: Hot Show Long walk back too the CAR
This was a hot show The long walk too the venue was long 160thousand people if im not mistaken The outer rim of the veue had Box car barries so no one could get in the veue with out a ticket you could not see in Marshall Tucker played first they were hot Then the NEW RIDERS were great i loved thoses guys Then The Dead What a day Started of hot with promised TLEO CASIDEY LOSER JACK TENN PASSENGER HOT PEGGYO MINGEL FOTD MUSIC what a hot set The sho started at NOON and lasted till MIDNIGHT Second set was hhhhhhhhhhhot BErta GOOD lovEN LOser a litle muffeld EStimated Eyes Jerry was Great Samson Hes Gone NFA TRUCKIN that was hot at the end Truckin kickin ass By that time we were there a long time a my brother drove who was a none Dead head and wanted to leave before the Encore and we got out of the raceway real fast and as we were walking back too the car Me PHILcorsenteno MY girl friend Debbie and my brother we heard as we were walkin back to the car an hor back too the car we were parked miles away from the venue we heard on the radio TERRAPIN and i was so pissed that we left a very hot Terrapin But we were ther for about 14 hours so it was such a great day and we were up front the whole time
Reviewer: troutbitten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2005
Subject: Best Show Ever
I know this is an over used argument but to me
(I've listened to many shows) this is the best!
As a previous reviewer mentioned, He's Gone
is absolutely awesome! The peak of the show!
Who would of thunk.

Get this tape!
Reviewer: poor willie john - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: NFA
I hear you on that NFA!!! Smokin'. Eyes stellar as well. Nice.
Reviewer: Street Pig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2005
Subject: Jersey Fall Ball
Lots of us just graduated High School, this show marked the last time alot heads saw each other before venturing out into the real world from home. I remember the sea of mud which lead to the water spickets, the pregnant women being lifted out by a helicopter, Donna recovering sitting on a stool and Mickey with a small cast on his arm.Were were boxed in by Railroad cars that made gate crashing a challenge.It was the largest amount of people I have ever been around. There was a solid MTB following ( real popular in Jersey 75-78 before they got too into the pop sound) who seemed to filter out when the Dead took the stage.I have no memory of NRPS,Jungle biscuits were in abundance then. THe weather was a factor plus they hadn't been playing as regular for the last month or so. All that aside, the show had awesome moments of the Anthem of the year "Eyes"was fabulous,There were more air guitar playing on that tune than any other in my day! :). Yes we played an inordinate amount of frisbee listening to this tape. The jam out of He's Gone>NFA was special since the playing had been minus significant jamming since 74 era.Performance was a 4, sound was 4 there with all the different versions circulating the Dicks Picks offers the best.. Being the pirate that I am, I would still go out at purchase this show.We had the FM version, I taped it off the radio, thnx to WNEW, I do remember the older freaks freakin out when they played truckin (rather weak but first one since 9-28-75THe dead heads made the Cover of the New York Times!!! RRRRRaceway Park!
Reviewer: let the bird fly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2005
Subject: NFA
Monster Not Fade here people. Wow!
Reviewer: luckymw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: What a long hot day it was
This day of the show was positively hellish. 110,000 people in a muddy field with temps in the high 90's. New Riders and Marshall Tucker are like a blur now. The Dead actually left the stage after a few tunes to take some salt tablets (or so they told us). The show, as I listen to it now, has been overrated. Highlight was 1/2 Step. Try 6/8/77 for the great Eyes from this year, this one doesn't approach it, in my opinion.
Reviewer: G.Stew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2005
Subject: What a show
One of the first I ever heard, and instantly fell in love with the music never stopped and minglewood blues. go out and buy it, it's totally worth it!
Reviewer: Geoffsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2005
Subject: Many copies !
I've had so many copies of this show. My first was on 8 track. Played hundreds of hours of frisbee with this playing for my whole neighborhood to hear. My first show too ! And now I live the life of August West as well. Overall one of my top 5 ever. Hottest day I ever experienced and the thirstiest I've ever been. How we made it home was my first GD miracle. It still amazes me to think back on the total mayhem that was that day, helicopters and all, and to hear how good the music actually was. If I rate it twice will it get a 10 ?
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2005
Subject: A Favorite
One of my first tapes, which unfortunately trailed off during Eyes. It was a revalation to hear the entire Eyes jam all these years later when I bought the DP. Some of my favorites Half-Step, LL Rain & Music, of course the entire second set. IMHO, this Eyes ranks up there with the monster versions from 73-74.
Reviewer: reef_1214 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2004
Subject: Underrated DP 15!
This show is definetely overlooked as a '77 gem. I can't believe no one has mentioned the He's Gone from this show, makes me wanna cry every time i listen to it and is definetely one of the best i've heard from the dead so far. The banter in this one is also great at times (i heart phil). The band is tight and the audience, well only the greatest rock n' roll band of all time could play for more than 150,000 people. DP 15 - GO OUT AND GET IT!
Reviewer: AugustWest1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2004
Subject: My first show & one of my all time favorites
1/2 Step on this show is one of the best ever. NFA is hard to beat.

This was my first show. Marshall Tucker and N.R.P.S. were there as well - it was an all day event. Had to park miles away and walk to the show.

Dix Pix nailed a great one here. Worth every penny - and you can preview it here for free! This show was simulcast over FM so there have been a lot of good tapes around for a long time.
Reviewer: zenstyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2004
Subject: ...another goodie!
great show....just loving it right now!
Reviewer: JimSomething - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2004
Subject: Jersey Dead
Had this smoker on vinyl back in the day... Great energy... nice to hear again and better than before. Nothin' but love for eTree and LMA!
Reviewer: A.J.K. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2004
Subject: Estimated > Eyes
Despite the fact that I think this show is overrated (though you should keep in mind that this is not my favorite era), the Estimated > Eyes is one of the best I have heard. The NFA is also great, it is high energy, they jam for 10 minutes before the vocals even begin, and Donna does a great shriek after the first verse. But in general, I've heard the band, and Jerry in particular, be a lot more "on" in my opinion at lots of other shows in '77. Happy 420!
Reviewer: TomP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2004
Subject: Don't miss, one of the best ever
Note this is Dick's Picks Volume 15, we really should be buying this one from One of the greats of the year(along w/May 7 and June 9), Half-step and Eyes are particularly amazing.
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